The Great Acceleration by Robert Colvile
How the World is Getting Faster, Faster

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In this revelatory study of modern living, Robert Colvile inspects the various ways in which the pace of life in our society is increasing and examines the evolutionary science behind our rapidly accelerating need for change, as well as why it's unlikely we'll be able to slow down . . . or even want to.

Exploring theories surrounding the effect of this speed on our minds and bodies, Colvile reveals how, contrary to gloomier predictions, living in a faster age might be beneficial for us, both physically and mentally. In addition to the universe of social media, he examines the opportunities that faster communication and operation could bring to everything from music, film, and books to transportation, politics, and government.

Comparing developments in cities and villages, advanced economies and underdeveloped countries, East and West, The Great Acceleration explains how the positives outnumber the negatives and, if this acceleration is truly inevitable, why we should rush to embrace it.

 

About Robert Colvile

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Robert Colvile is a regular commentator on politics, culture, and technology. He has been UK news director at BuzzFeed, and head of comment at the Daily Telegraph and Telegraph.co.uk. He has a master's in international relations from Cambridge, and previously produced an acclaimed report on the Internet's political impact. Twitter: @rcolvile
 
Published May 17, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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